Starting your career
We offer a range of pathways to engage with Northparkes and the mining industry. Our entry-level roles, scholarships and work placement programs are critical to achieving our vision of ‘A century of mining together’.
Our entry-level programs are designed to nurture your career and personal development as a future leader.
Northparkes offers a range of apprenticeships, graduate programs and traineeships. By employing people in entry-level roles, everyone benefits. We gain a fresh perspective and unique contributions to our business – we also gain a diversity of ideas and experience.
Our program participants have the opportunity to learn in an industry setting, and benefit from tailored programs designed to enhance their technical and leadership skills.
Similarly, our scholarship programs provide financial and practical support to students who will go on to contribute to our local community, and perhaps one day join the mining industry.
Northparkes also partners with Universities to offer work placement opportunities onsite. Students return to university having completed their required workplace training, with a good understanding of the mining industry.
Working at Northparkes is enjoyable: inspirational leadership matters and diversity is celebrated.
Since 1993, Northparkes has been celebrated for our high-quality copper deposits and loyal, committed people. We are the world’s most automated underground mine and the first mine in Australia to achieve White Ribbon accreditation.
Please check this page regularly for positions available at Northparkes.
To help you understand our recruitment process and to ensure you know what to expect, here is an outline of the typical stages that a successful applicant will progress through.
Please send your cover letter and resume via email to us. If you are responding to a particular vacancy from any of our advertisements, please state clearly which position you are applying for and the date of your application.
Acknowledgement of application
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email to acknowledge receipt of your application. This will confirm that your application has reached us.
Based on the information you have provided in your application you may be invited to attend an interview. The interview will typically comprise a panel of three, with representation from the department that the role is in and Human Resources. The interview model used at Northparkes is the behavioural technique in which questions are asked about specific work experiences.
It is a condition of employment with Northparkes that you complete and pass a security clearance. Completion of the security clearance consent form will typically happen at or following the interview stage.
For some specific roles, additional forms of assessment may be undertaken. Details of these will be explained to all applicants at the interview stage. These assessments provide us with additional information about your skills and abilities.
All applicants are asked to undertake a pre-employment medical as one of the last stages of our recruitment process.
Offer of a position with Northparkes Mines
If successful you will be offered the opportunity to join our team. This offer will be typically made by phone and confirmed in writing.
If you are not already a Parkes Shire resident, the relocation package relevant to your appointment will be explained to you when you are made an offer of employment with us.
2019 Apprenticeships NOW OPEN
Our program combines theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on experience in the mining industry.
This is a four year program including on-the-job training, coaching from experienced trades people and a qualification through a Registered Training Organisation.
On top of that Northparkes apprentices will be provided will all of the tools needed to complete their trade, free accommodation while attending TAFE, and extra tutor support for TAFE courses if needed.
You will get exposure to all aspects of mining throughout your time onsite and have the opportunity to specialise in an area of your choice in your fourth year.
To be eligible for a Northparkes apprenticeship:
- You must be at least 17 years of age
- Have a current Drivers Licence (manual preferred)
It is also highly desirable:
- Completion of Year 12 or equivalent (by the commencement of the Apprentice Program in January 2019)
- Evidence of genuine interest in a trade (shown through work experience)
2019 Indigenous scholarships NOW OPEN
Northparkes Indigenous Scholarships provide financial support and encouragement to students interested in a career in the mining industry, in addition to those who wish to pursue non-technical degrees in other fields.
Successful applicants receive between $5,000 (non technical) and $10,000 (technical) funding each year of their university studies.
Examples of non-technical careers
- Occupational Health/Safety/Science
- Environmental Science
- Community Relations
- Human Resources/Training
Examples of technical careers
- Mining Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
In addition to financial support, recipients are also provided with a laptop to assist with their tertiary studies.
We provide constant support throughout your studies, and work placement opportunities during uni holidays. This ensures scholarship holders can attend, enjoy and eventually obtain employment in their chosen field.
Eight Indigenous tertiary students are currently supported by the program.
Applications for the 2019 Indigenous Scholarship Program are now open.
SMMO sponsored scholarships
The SMMO sponsored scholarship program is designed to encourage local senior secondary students who are interested in the mining industry as a possible career.
SMMO is a joint venture partner of Northparkes. The scholarship is an investment above and beyond Northparkes’ existing programs.
Scholarship holders receive $500 for successful completion of Year 11 and $1,000 for successful completion of Year 12. $2,000 is also granted to those scholarship students who enter and successfully complete their first year at university in a mining related course.
In addition to financial support provided by SMMO, Northparkes offers work experience and career mentoring to SMMO scholarship holders both onsite and throughout Australia.
Since its inception in 2014, seven local students have received the Scholarship. Ben Bevan, a former SMMO scholarship holder, recently joined the Northparkes team as Apprentice Electrical Fitter.
Northparkes’ Two Year Graduate Program of structured mentoring, development and support is designed to give you a solid foundation to kick start your mining career and fast track you into exciting positions where you will make your mark while also enjoying awesome lifestyle opportunities.
Northparkes is the most automated underground mine in the world and Australia’s fourth largest copper and gold producer located in the beautiful Parkes region of Central NSW.
Northparkes Mines 2018-2019 Work Placement Program
Our annual work placement program runs for eight weeks over the summer university holidays. Work placement students spend time with the department most relevant to their studies. Project work to develop your skills is provided based on your technical background. You are also provided the opportunity to participate in a major community project.
The Northparkes Mines 2018-2019 Work Placement Program will open in OCTOBER!
Flexible work arrangements
We recently reinforced our commitment to life balance by formalising flexible workplace arrangements. We have also provided opportunities for several employees to take career breaks pursuing various other activities and later returning to work.
Developing the skills of individuals
Northparkes invests significantly in the training and development of its employees. Staff are encouraged to gain a range of knowledge and experience during their employment with Northparkes and are provided with ongoing training opportunities to broaden their skills base.
Subsidised private health cover
Employees and their immediate families have access to generous subsidised private health care packages.
Employees who elect to transfer their Superannuation accounts to the company’s preferred Superannuation provider receive an additional superannuation contribution.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Northparkes has an employee assistance program available for employees requiring support or counselling. The EAP allows all employees to access qualified counselling through designated external and independent providers. Any service provided is entirely confidential.
Parkes – it all adds up
Northparkes offers a residential lifestyle, with most of our employees and their families living in the Parkes Shire.
Parkes has the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of a country town, and an extensive range of services and facilities. The town boasts a strong community spirit with high participation in sporting, recreational and community activities.
Parkes is home to the national icon, ‘The Dish’ and has become more recently known as the ‘Elvis Capital of Australia’ with the Parkes Elvis Festival attracting around 20,000 visitors annually.
Parkes Shire 15,148
|Shire area:||5,919 sq km|
|Average Temperatures:||Winter 6–15ºC
|Average rainfall:||584 mm per year|